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2014 Ragan Speechwriters Conference

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

I’m off this month to the 2014 Ragan Speechwriters Conference in Washington DC. It’ll be my fifth conference. As in previous years, I’ll be podcasting interviews with attendees and presenters and grabbing some video with my Flip video camera to post to YouTube. Conference Call On Thursday February 20th at 7:15pm (Eastern) I’ll host an [.]. Speechwriting raganspeech silicon valley speechwriters roundtable

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San Francisco Writers Conference 2014

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

I spent part of the weekend at the San Francisco Writers Conference which is organized by the irrepressible Mike Larsen and Elizabeth Pomona. I was helping staff the Editorial Freelancers Association booth so did not have time to attend any of the rich offering of sessions. However, a remarkable resource, listed in many of the [.]. Freelance Work Robb Lightfoot San Francisco Writers Conference

On Demand: National Speakers Association 2014 Conference

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Here’s a free On Demand archive of certain presentations from the conference. For speechwriters, I highly recommend Nancy Duarte’s talk “Resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences” and Giovanni Livera‘s “Storyboarding Workshop” Both are listed in the tab for Monday June 30. The Tuesday presentation by Jay Baer on the “Speaker as Media Company” has […]. Speechwriting

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My 2014 Reading List: 52 Books in 52 Weeks

Speak and Deliver

Earlier, I shared what I read in 2013 , and promised I''d share what I''d be reading in 2014, under my ''52 in 52'' Goal. Drive - Daniel Pink - next one cued up on Audible Audio Programs to Listen or Re-Listen to in 2014 46. 2014 Reading List 52 Books in 52 Weeks Marketing Books Speaking Books These are not all speaking books, not all marketing books, not even all non-fiction books.

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2014 State of the Union Address – Review | Public Speaking Training

TJ Walker Interactive

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Madonna Badger, et al. - Christmas 2014

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

But that doesn't mean that the 2014 holiday season will be a totally joyful one. This is America, where the Disneyfication of life thrived. So, the first impulse is to expect a happy ending, following an ordeal. But that's not how it goes, is it. Yes, Madonna Badger has re-started her business. Last July she eloped with William Duke. In 2011, in a Christmas morning fire in her Stamford, Connecticut home, she lost her three young daughters and her parents.

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Ghostwriters/Speechwriters - Best Costumes For Halloween 2014

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Daily, we ghostwriters and speechwriters take on the identity of our brandname clients. Halloween provides the opportunity to live in that fantasy that we are those famous people.    The very best costume requires a partner. We are to dress like Jack and Jackie Kennedy. As long as Baby Boomers are alive, their memories will remain vivid. There is even a new book out "Jackie After Jack" by Chris Anderson. Cute, ha-ha-ha. Here is the excerpt from Vanity Fair.

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How @TEDMED achieved 51 percent women speakers in 2014

The Eloquent Woman

Assefi hosting a session at TEDMED 2014 (Editor''s note: TEDMED director of stage content Nassim Assefi is a doctor, novelist, civic activist, TED Fellow and active member of the TED community. I coached TEDMED 2014 speakers under Assefi''s direction this year, for a three-day program with 51 percent women speakers, a level unique among TED conferences, let alone your conference. TEDMED 2014 has shown it''s possible when you prioritize it.

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MBA Class of 2014 Returns to Confidence

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

 As Melissa Korn reports in The Wall Street Journal, the MBA Class of 2014 are turning down jobs. Tomorrow the job figures are coming out from the Labor Department.  They are expected to be good. There is also another sign of an economic recovery.  Sometimes multiple ones.  They feel confident enough to hold out for that perfect job, at least as they define it. Here is that WSJ article (sub. req.).

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Working 2014 - We Are All Temps

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

But, if we are working in 2014, either for an organization or as a self-employed, we are temps. You and I may not be among 2.8 million Americans employed by temporary services agencies. That number comes from the research "Temped Out," conducted by the National Employment Law Project. Here you can read that report. You bet, we are all on short time. Even tenured professors and equity law partners are getting axed. The old protections no longer are bullet-proof.

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Language Of Leadership - 4 Platitudes Never To Use in 2014

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Well, 2014 is turning out not to be the very good year we assumed we deserved. From 9/11 on, we have been struggling with unexpected crisis. We figured we were entitled to a break. Now Ebola is a reality. Our nest egg is threatened with the volatile stock market. And, who knows how many military conflicts we will enter - and not be able to exit easily. So, leadership has to avoid the usual platitudes. The nation is weary, angry, and not so skilled as we had been before to conjure up hope.

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The New Losers - July 2014 Versions

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

On this July 20, 2014, there are myriad socially adept and/or wealthy human beings who are losers. The New Losers are those who wake up and assume today will be like yesterday.  The new winners are those who wake up and have already rewired their systems to identify and respond to change. Every era has its own conception of loser, whether that proved valid or not. 

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The New York Times - Journalist Layoffs Likely In December 2014

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"  - Keith Kelly, "Blue Christmas on horizon for Gray Lady with layoffs looming," in New York Post, November 25, 2014. "The ax will probably swing for about two dozen journalists at the New York Times in late December, insiders said, as a voluntary buyout program looks like it will fall short of its goal of 100 newsroom people." 

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Q2 2014: 4% GDP Growth Possible

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

A colleague lost her well-paying job.  Of course we all grieved with her. But soon enough she as well as the Greek Chorus bounced back from glum to near euphoria.   We recounted the success we are having on the freelance market.  For many assignments I am charging what I had before the economy went into free fall. Yes, the demand is there and so are budgets. According to The Wall Street Journal, some economists are speculating the Q2 could generate GDP growth of about 4%.

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"Well Connected" Is Power Phrase of 2014

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The research on mirror neurons by scientists in Italy confirms that we humans affect each other cell by cell. Sure, technology is a connector force. But there is nothing like one in-person human presence pressing up influentially against another in-person human. A roll of the eyes can deep-six the public relations agency's pitch for the healthcare account. A big smile can be the tipping force in the decision to support the legal associate for partner in the white shoe law firm.

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Book Biz 2014 - Gov. Cuomo, You Need A Top Publicist

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

When I do a book proposal, even for a book that will be self-published, I outline the publicity plan. That includes a detailed description of at least three top publicists. Yes, I interview them as part of the proposal process. No book, even by a brandname politico like Andrew Cuomo, will grow legs without the wizardry of a specialist in promoting books. That pro has the contacts with broadcast, establishment media, digital publications, bloggers, tweeters, and booking agents for speakers. 

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Starting 2014 with 128 speeches in The Eloquent Woman Index

The Eloquent Woman

We celebrated our 100th post , and we''re starting 2014 with a total of 128 famous speeches by women, most with an emphasis on women''s issues. Please share this image and the Index I''ve accomplished many things in my career, but few can match the impact of The Eloquent Woman Index of famous speeches by women , which saw many milestones in 2013.

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The Eloquent Woman's top 10 public speaking posts for 2014

The Eloquent Woman

Our midweek posts focus squarely on the practical, and the most-read posts about public speaking advice in 2014 share what''s on your mind: Slides and presentations, harrassment of women speakers, women''s rhetorical style, nerves and public speaking, tools for speakers and the lack of women on conference programs are this year''s top topics and tips. You''ll see a separate list of our most popular Famous Speech Friday posts for 2014 on Friday.

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2014 Memes: Thought Hackers, Communications Disruptors

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

You will never be invited to present at TED Talks if you're a mere expert.  Instead you had to position and package yourself as a Thought Hacker.  And if you plan to ghostwrite those TED Talk remarks you better reinvent yourself as a Communications Disruptor.    This is not just a shift in buzzwords.  It's a 180 in objectives.

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Hercules 2014: Smart People Shopped Early

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

 Hercules the first super storm of 2014 was just dropping the first inch of so of the foot or more which it could leave on the New Haven, Connecticut Metro area. Jars and jars of peanut butter, white bread and sugary sodas were still on the shelves in grocery stores.   Nowhere on the shelves or in the refrigerated areas was the healthy fare.  There are lots of ways to define "healthy." "  My way is "low fat" as the number-one requirement.

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Best Business Practices 2014 - Raw-boned Lessons from Lee K.

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The rub is that the everything is changing in more ways and more often in 2014. After a wildly successful 2013, I hit a wall in the beginning of 2014. That raw-boned experience taught me plenty about how to conduct business in 2014. Everything always changes. The good news is that I have been able to adapt fast to what now is.  That happened through observing the dynamics between rescue dog Lee K. and myself.

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3 Steps to Lead Presentation Change in 2014

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

You can lead the change to more effective presentations in 2014 if you start small, build support, and always focus on the bottom-line benefit to your organization When I am delivering my workshops, a common concern is raised by the participants. They think that the ideas I share are great, they really like the slide makeovers I show them, but they are concerned that the new visuals they create won’t meet with management approval.

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Executive Communications Roared Back In 2014 - TED Talks Might Have Helped

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Everywhere there were help-wanted for ghostwriters and speechwriters just about every week in 2014. Thank you, those of you who used our services in 2014. David Murray posted them on Vital Speeches of the Day. Gotham Ghostwriters and Silicon Valley Speechwriters also carried the ads. I got calls, texts, and email from Africa, China, Australia and ever metro areas in the U.S. The market for ghostwriters and speechwriters had tanked at the turn of the century.

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2014's top 10 Famous Speech Friday posts on The Eloquent Woman

The Eloquent Woman

In 2014, we skipped well past 160 famous speeches by women in The Eloquent Woman Index, all from our Famous Speech Friday series. The most-read FSF posts published in 2014 about individual speeches reflect the diversity of our speakers and our readers. The list includes a CEO, members of the British Parliament, poets, a novelist, a newspaper editor, a Prime Minister, an actor, and a researcher.

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Life of a Salesman: Free Agents in 2014

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

We are all only on assignment.    That's the 21st century meme. The traditional job is vanishing. Maybe we get to still have one of those when we are young. But then we really are only on assignment, with our eye constantly on hustling for the next one. This is the contract employee or free agent economy.  Sure we can frame that as self employment or whatever.    Our new life is that of a salesman. Those who can't get the hang of that will starve.

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Public Speaking for Entrepreneurs – 3 Tips for a Successful Pitch

Matt Eventoff

Public speaking for entrepreneurs? Absolutely! The reality is that a presentation, a pitch or “casual” conversations about your company all qualify as examples of public speaking. When I ask entrepreneurs about public speaking, I often hear “I don’t have to give speeches.”. There are 3 universal ideas every entrepreneur should remember while pitching their startup: 1) You are Presenting for Your Audience, not Yourself.

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Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Hired Burson-Marsteller on Oct. 10, 2014

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Even before the Ebola crisis at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital worsened, the healthcare facility had hired brandname public relations agency Burson-Marsteller. That was October 10th. Here is coverage of that development in Odwyerpr.com by Greg Hazley. By today, it appears that the institution, its leadership, and front-line personnel could become embroiled in litigation.

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"Contagious" - You bet, that's the buzzword for 2014

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Across industries, generations and income levels, the buzzword is "contagious." " In communications we have to seed our clients' communications with that term. Otherwise, the publics they address will assume they are just not in-touch. Part of this phenomenon stems from the contagiousness of memes of Facebook, which is used by more than a billion humans on planet earth.  New research involving 100 million people found that feelings expressed on Facebook are contagious.

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New Joke Contest — May 2014

Humor Power

entries by May 15, 2014 to HumorPowerTips@HumorPower.com. The next contest will be posted on June 1, 2014. It’s time for our May Joke Contest. Our theme this month is: What to Say to a Naked Person. Some of your lines might be “good” things to say, and some may be “bad” things to say. They will most likely be funny. And the challenge is to keep the lines in good taste. Here are some sample lines, based on the theme, to get you started.

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5 Surprising Ways to Calm Your Pre-Presentation Jitters

Matt Eventoff

What do Winston Churchill, Warren Buffet and John F. Kennedy have in common? Sure, all three achieved extraordinary success – but all three also suffered from a fear of public speaking. And each one overcame their fears and went on to become gifted speakers. The reality is that everyone gets a rush of adrenaline before presenting – it’s the normal “fight or flight” response. The key is to choose fight instead of flight, powering through and effectively utilizing your uneasiness.

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Make your webinars super interactive

PowerPoint Tips

This is a guest post from Brenda Bence , who is a corporate branding and personal branding expert. She wrote this as a tip for Speaker Net News subscribers and gave me permission to reprint it. You can read more about her at www.BrendaBence.com. Brenda does live keynotes but then often follows up with “virtual keynotes” for members of an organization who are located elsewhere.

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52 Books in 52 Weeks - 2014 Challenge Wrap-Up

Speak and Deliver

Below is my list of 52 books (which turned into 61 as I added new books along the way) that I set a goal to read and review in 2014. Drive - Daniel Pink - next one cued up on Audible Audio Programs to Listen or Re-Listen to in 2014 46. The Media Training Bible - Brad Phillips - getting interviewed more in 2014 is a goal 56. I only made it through 39 books, with the final review posted earlier today - but I feel like it was a successful year of reading nonetheless.

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Selling: Show Class of 2014 how to do that, they will never be without work

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Yet most members of the Class of 2014 are entering a Dickensian type of economy clueless about how to sell themselves to employers, temp agencies and investors for their startups. Parents of the Class of 2014 should forget about gifts like cars and trips to China. In the most provincial village in Germany centuries ago and the most sophisticated cities in the U.S. today the key to survival was and is the ability to sell.  The grocer had to unload that perishable merchandise.

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Create a checklist graphic in PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

I often create a slide that talks about x number of items: 6 tips for stunning slides. 10 ways to organize your time. 5 steps to a slide makeover. When I think how to visualize the concept of such a slide, I often (perhaps lamely) come up with a checklist. Finally, I created my own and thought you might like a similar one for your own slides. Get the Post-it ® note. I started with a Post-it note. You could certainly take your own photo, but I found a good photo from freeimages.com here.

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How To Close A Speech That Brings Your Audience To Their Feet

Matt Eventoff

You’ve engaged your audience from the beginning of your presentation. They nodded as you delivered your message. Their eyes were locked as you wove through a carefully crafted medley of stories, anecdotes and analogies, all supporting your message. There’s no question; the majority of your audience agrees with what you’re saying. Empowered, the time has come to bring your speech to a close, at which point you exclaim: “In conclusion, I appreciate the time you spent listening about _. Thank you.”.

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Public Speaking Experts – Demosthenes

Matt Eventoff

Public speaking expert is a title that carries tremendous weight. Demosthenes, public speaking expert of the 4 th century BC, is one of the legendary Greek orators. Some of his most famous (and my favorite) addresses of his relate to his opposition to King Phillip II of Macedon. Although he passed away in 322 BC, Demosthenes is relevant to 21 st century orators because of his dedication to practice and preparation. Demosthenes’ dream was to be a great orator, but he had speech impediments.

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Embedding fonts in a presentation with non-standard fonts

PowerPoint Tips

Are you a font freak? Do you just LOVE interesting fonts? I must admit that I’m a font idiot who can hardly tell the difference between Arial, Tahoma and Verdana, unless they’re right next to each other. Even then, I won’t know which is which. Designers are horrified when I tell them this! Fonts can be fun, but you have to be careful with them: They must be legible! They shouldn’t distract from your message. They aren’t necessarily available from every computer.

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Stupidity, lies and coverups = literal Death — by PowerPoint, or not?

PowerPoint Tips

I’m going to ask you to stick with me here and click 2 links. It’s important. You could save lives. This post is in response to “ Did PowerPoint Ruin GM ?” ” You can skim the article, but do read the first and last lines. Nonsense. First, the article itself makes nonsensical conclusions. Here’s one sentence: “Here’s one way General Motors Co. Chief Executive Mary Barra can start fixing her company’s management culture: Ban PowerPoint.”

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Easily sync lyrics with a music video in PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

This is a guest blog post from Larry First. The bio he sent me: An “experienced” (newly retired) geek from Alabama. The instructions discuss how to sync lyrics with a music video, but you could use it to transcribe the text of a tutorial as well. When presenting a music video where the vocals (message) are occasionally not perfectly intelligible, you might want to give viewers the advantage of KNOWING the words. This method is bookmark-less and trigger-less, but it works like a charm!

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The Straw Man Fallacy

The Presenter's Blog

by Peter Paskale. As the big bad wolf will gladly confirm, it’s way easier to blow-down a house of straw. And so it is with arguments. An argument made of straw is easier to demolish than one that’s made of stone. Why would anybody therefore want to build themselves such a poor and flimsy straw-bale argument? Precisely because they want to blow it down. All by themselves.

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Public Speaking & Communication in the Middle East/North Africa

Matt Eventoff

By Ceem Haidar & Dalia Ghawi. Managing Partners of The Commery. The MENA region is vast, and there are over 20 countries that make up this part of the world. Yet, even with a common denominator present – namely the shared Arabic language – even that was a tough one to overcome. Each country has its own dialect and traditions, even hand gestures that a professional in the public eye must be aware of to not insult anyone.

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One Subtle Communication Secret for Getting Others to Hear Your Message

Speaking Freely

Sandra Zimmer’s Google+ By Sandra Zimmer 2014 The prevailing model for speaking persuasively is a style of speaking that is enthusiastic, energetic and extraverted. The speaker is asserting a point in hopes to convince the listener to agree. However, this model can be a trap. It puts you in the position of selling. Of course others don’t [.].

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